Saturday's parties are done, and Wednesday's trick or treating looks to be curtailed or even cancelled, depending on your zone. If you are a Halloween person at all, you probably have lots of extra candy lying around. Not that I think it's a bad idea to just eat the candy (or save it for hurricane rations), but if you're feeling cooped up or freaked out, the classic combination of stress baking then stress eating might be just the ticket. Here, then, are some recipes that you can make with stuff you've probably already got around the house, depending on your level of food hoarding.
1. Cookies with stuff jammed inside. These have all kinds of cutesy names. The ones pictured are a peanut butter cookie with mini snickers called snickers surprise. There is also a chocolate chip rolo version. But essentially, you could jam anything inside of any kind of cookie dough and be pretty pleased with yourself.
2. Brownies with stuff mixed in. Similarly, any good brownie recipe and any melty, chocolatey candy can be combined to increased deliciousness. Here is a twix version that looks really lovely, a symphony bar brownie that could be the basis for sort of candy bar. Or you can just sprinkle the candy on top.
3. Peanut butter cup cupcakes. How peanut butter cups don't get eaten I'll never really understand, but I'm not much of a cupcake person and even I like these.
4. Candy bundt cake. Perhaps you have been given a bundt pan and never quite figured out what to do with it. Now is as good a time as ever to use that thing, right? A cake with candy in it doesn't sound like a bad idea at all. No sir.
5. Candy bark. If you can rustle up a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, you can dump whatever candy you like onto this bark. It only barely counts as baking, since you're pretty much just microwaving chocolate and pouring other already-made candy onto it, but it's something to do while you wait to be swept out to sea. Also, try putting some large flake salt on the bark. Very good.